Susan’s Consulting Company: http://www.sjbrooks-
Susan’s most recent book (discussed in this episode): A Better Approach to Mobile Devices: How do we maximize resources, promote equity, and support instructional goals? Available on Amazon HERE.
Find other books by Susan Brooks-Young HERE
Susan talks about her family, her background, her love of traveling and exploring new cultures, and splitting her time between her three homes – two in the states of Washington and California, and one in the nation of Mexico (1:52)
Susan talks about her book A Better Approach to Mobile Devices and the technology column she writing for 20 years for Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine (8:03)
Susan describes her career path, from first starting out as a teacher to the school leader she is today (12:31)
What it’s like to be an educational consultant (18:17)
Susan describes some of the biggest technology challenges admins and teachers face (22:37)
How school leaders can stay on top of the endless changes in technology (27:46)
Some of the biggest hurdles in Susan’s early days of administration (36:14)
Sometimes you just have to admit that something isn’t working and never will (39:21)
Many of Susan’s best memories in her admin career are about the differences she was able to make in a very disadvantaged neighborhood (45:10)
The two best pieces of leadership advice Susan has ever been given – think long and hard about whether or not this particular hill is worth dying on, and it’s better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission (48:40)
Susan’s top book recommendations for school leaders (50:25)
Susan’s advice for school administrators on working with students (51:08)
Her advice for school administrators on working with the teachers in your building (51:35)
“It is easier to move a cemetery than to change education” (52:57)
If Susan had a time machine, here’s the advice she would go back and give her younger self when she was just starting out in administration (53:41)
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